What is the idea behind The Humanitarian Cloud?
Many nonprofits request/receive hardware and software donations from technology vendor/partners– an expensive and costly administrative approach for both the grantor and grantee. The Humanitarian Cloud™ (THC) allows NGO and non-profit organizations to focus on their mission removing the need to invest financial resources buying and managing computers that will affect their organizations’ bottom line. THC provides organizations with computing power and technical help, without the need to install hardware and software locally or requiring additional internal computer support staff thereby allowing those with technology acumen, to help further grow the mission of the organization.
What is The Humanitarian Cloud?
A cooperative aka “a community cloud” built on VMware, to provide cloud services to NGO and non-profit organizations, who will collaboratively work together to maximize utilization and effectiveness of the services. NetHope (www.nethope.org) and the Illini Cloud (www.illinicloud.org) are partners of this initiative to promote THC concept. NGO and nonprofit organizations can avail themselves to THC services.
Who is supporting THC:
CDW, Cisco, Commvault, HP, F5, Microsoft, NetApp, VMware and Xerox. THC welcomes other companies and organizations across the globe who are interested in utilizing technology (tech for good) to advance the spirit of innovation are encourage to register their interest to join.
What services will be provided to NGOs by THC?
Cloud based services of the Humanitarian Cloud partners will be showcased and accessed via portals. Initially, THC plans to offer traditional cloud services such as disaster recovery, virtual servers, virtual storage and e-mail archiving. Following the concept launch, other community services such as MDM – managed Microsoft SharePoint services, access to Hp’s cloud in a box services and VMware's technology for cloud based solutions Horizon’s mobility offerings will provide a SSO portal with access to multiple SAAS services.
Will there be a charge to NGOs for this service?
Yes, there will be an initial then annual Membership fee depending on the size of the organization. Members will receive heavily discounted fees based on the cloud services utilized by their respective organization.
What are the partners providing?
Software licenses, hardware, cash contributions, cloud assessment and consulting together with administrative services needed to operate and maintain THC .
Will any partners get paid for ongoing support?
Who determines which non-profits will get access to this cloud?
THC governing board and partners will determine the selection criteria for non-profits to be eligible. NetHope, its members and select other pilot organizations are the initial approved recipients and are intended to function as “pilot” members.